updated May 2nd, 2020





IPA in Times of Corona

Corona everywhere. The economy is crying out for government aid, Swiss ...





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IPA is engaged in transitional and developing countries with
focus on learning and education.

IPA offers help for self-help, e.g. through projects in the fields of food production and water supply as well as the issuance of micro credits.

The unique aspect of the IPA brand is the
integration of youth in the implementation of projects. This gives Swiss students the opportunity to gain formative experiences.

School classes and junior-teams define, plan and execute their projects independently but are supervised by experienced IPA staff.


All projects are inspected by IPA on location, and once completed, are checked over again. This way all donors have the guaranty that their money is being used in exactly the right places and that people are really getting the help they need.




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IPA in Times of Corona

Solidarity is collecting money for the big organisations in Switzerland. The virus is also spreading in developing countries, and schools are closed – new challenges for IPA.

Calling on the federal government and cantons to help is not an option for an NGO, and the fundraising of Swiss Solidarity has had a negative impact on the Wohlen highschool students' fundraising efforts for their project in Cameroon. Meanwhile, Albaniahas been in lockdown for many weeks. This doesn't mean that there is less work to do, quite the contrary. IPA is trying to keep the ship afloat. We are rescheduling, worrying about our local partners' health and facilitating the implementation of projects as best we can in the current situation. IPA's cooperation with school classesis particularly affected as there is basically no alternative to face-to-face teaching; after all, project work is not in the least suitable for distance learning. But the crisis will pass, and our students are motivated to put in an extra effort for their project in their leisure time. Whether this year's working trips can be undertaken, however, onlytime will tell.




Malawi immediately before a possible lockdown: project for a group of peasants in Kamkhwalala